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Djokovic, Nadal In QF Action Friday In Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic will face Jarkko Nieminen in quarter-final action.

FRIDAY PREVIEW – FIVE SEEDS & THREE UNSEEDED PLAYERS HEADLINE QUARTER-FINALS
• The quarter-finals on Friday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters feature five seeds led by No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Rafael Nadal. They are the only players left who have been to the Monte-Carlo final with Nadal winning a record eight times in  a row and Djokovic reaching two finals. They are joined by three unseeded players, Jarkko Nieminen, Fabio Fognini and Grigor Dimitrov, the most in the quarter-finals since 2005 when there were four unseeded players. The trio are playing in their first Monte-Carlo QF. The last unseeded semi-finalist was (Q) Gasquet in ‘05 (l. to Nadal).

• In the opening match French No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kicks off the action on Court Central for the second day in a row against No. 13 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Tsonga leads the head-to-head 2-1, with the last two meetings going the distance at Roland Garros in 2011-12 with each player prevailing once. Tsonga is appearing in his 15th career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 3-11 (0-3 on clay) in quarter-final matches and has lost last six in a row since his last win at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (d. No. 1 Djokovic). Wawrinka is appearing in his ninth career ATP Masters 1000 QF, with a 3-5 (2-2 on clay) mark in quarter-final matches.

• No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal continues his quest to win a ninth consecutive title here as he faces the youngest player left in the draw, 21-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for the second time. Nadal won the previous meeting in three sets in Rotterdam in February ’09. The eight-time champion has an overall record of 46-1, winning 44 matches in a row. The Spaniard has not lost in his last 40 clay court quarter-final matches (20-0 in clay ATP Masters 1000 QF events) with his last clay QF loss in ‘05  Valencia (l. to Andreev). Dimitrov is the youngest quarter-finalist in Monte-Carlo since Sam Querrey (20) in 2008 and he’s playing in his first career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final. 

• In the third match, Fabio Fognini takes on No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet for the third time. Gasquet leads 2-0, both on hard, and has only lost four games to the Italian. Fognini is playing in his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final and is the first Italian to reach the quarters here since (Q) Filippo Volandri in 2005. He is looking for his third career Top 10 win (2-21 record) second in a row after defeating No. 6 Tomas Berdych in third round on Thursday. He also beat No. 9 Fernando Verdasco in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010. Gasquet, the No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga), is off to the best start of his career with a 23-5 match record. Last year he didn’t win his 23rd match until Wimbledon in June. He is appearing in his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 7-4 (1-0 in 2013) in QF matches.

• In the final match, top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces the oldest player left in the draw, 31-year-old Jarkko Nieminen of Finland for the fifth time (Djokovic leads 3-1). Djokovic is appearing in his 43rd career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final, 33-9 (11-4 on clay) record in quarter-final matches. He is looking to reach the semi-finals here for the fourth time.  Nieminen is appearing in his fourth career ATP Masters 1000 QF (first on clay) and first since ’06 Paris-Bercy. He is the fifth different 30-over player to reach QFs (better) in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament this year and there’s been at least one 30-over in last nine quarter-final ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. He has a career 1-32 record vs. Top 5 opponents, with his only win over No. 3 Djokovic at 2009 Sydney semi-finals (0-8 vs World No 1s),

FRIDAY QUARTER-FINALS FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play

Court Central

(6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs (13) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) Tsonga Leads 2-1
07 Metz (France) Hard (I) R32 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4
11 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-6(6)  3-6 3-6 6-4

TSONGA FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights: 
• The 28-year-old Frenchman (birthday on Wednesday) opened with a 63 62 win over former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday and followed with a 63 60 victory over top Austrian Jurgen Melzer. One of two Frenchmen remaining (Gasquet) in quarter-finals (last year Simon & Tsonga were in QFs)
• He is making his second quarter-final showing in a row and last year posted wins over German Philipp Kohlschreiber and No. 13 seed Fernando Verdasco before losing to countryman Gilles Simon
• He is making his fourth straight Monte Carlo appearance (6-3 mark), reaching the third round in 2010  (bye, d. Almagro, l. to Ferrero) and second round in ’11 (d. Monaco, l. to Ljubicic) 
• This week No. 2 in second serve pts. won (63%) and service games won (17 of 18, 94%), tied for No. 4 in aces (14) and No. 6 in first serve pts. won (79%)

2013 Highlights:
W: Marseille (d Berdych); QF(2): Australian Open (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
• The top Frenchman comes into his first clay court tournament with an 18-5 match record (4-0 on clay)
• Playing in his fourth ATP World Tour QF of the season (1-2) and last year QF or better 15 times on the ATP World Tour (7-8 in QF matches)
• Appearing his 15th career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 3-11 (0-3 on clay) in QF matches, has lost last six matches since last win at ‘11 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (d. No. 1 Djokovic)
• In February, he earned his 10th career ATP World Tour title in Marseille (d. No. 6 Berdych) and became first player to win an ATP title saving match point(s) in two matches during the same tournament since Sam Querrey in Los Angeles in 2010. Saved five MPs  vs. Tomic in QFs to win 46 63 76(10) and in the final saved one MP at 5-6 in 2nd set TB by hitting back-to-back aces and won 36 76(6) 64 
• Last month, advanced to QF at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and 4th Rd. in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 4R (l. to Cilic)
• In Davis Cup play won two singles matches (d. Berlocq, Monaco) for France in their 3-2 QF loss to Argentina. Won first singles match (d. Weintraub in four sets) in 1R in February
• Reached eighth career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Federer in five sets)

FRENCH RANKINGS – Tsonga leads a pack of six Frenchmen in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
 8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 25) Jeremy Chardy
 9) Richard Gasquet 29) Julien Benneteau
13) Gilles Simon 33) Benoit Paire

WAWRINKA FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 28-year-old Swiss native (12-5 record) is appearing in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row (third overall) after posting wins over Denis Istomin 63 75, qualifier Albert Montanes 61 61 and World No. 2 Andy Murray 61 62 (his sixth career win over a Top 5 opponent)
• Last year posted three straight-set wins over No. 10 seed/No. 16-ranked Feliciano Lopez 61 64, Pablo Andujar 75 63 and No. 8 seed/No. 12-ranked Nicolas Almagro 63 63 before losing to No. 2 Nadal 75 64
• His best result was the semi-finals in 2009 when he defeated countryman Roger Federer for the first time in the third round before losing to No. 3 Djokovic in three sets. In 2010, fell to No. 2 Djokovic in the third round 64 64
• This week No. 1 in return games won (15 of 26, 58%) and break pts. saved (6 of 8, 75%) and No. 4 in service games won (22 of 24, 92%) and second serve pts. won (61%)

2013 Highlights:
F: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); SF: Casablanca (l Robredo); QF: Chennai (l Bedene)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Swiss, behind Federer, comes in with a 16-7 record (9-3 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better at three tournaments, two on clay 
• Playing in his fourth ATP World Tour QF of the year (2-1 in QF matches), last year QF or better seven times (4-3 record)
• Appearing in his ninth career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 3-5 (2-2 on clay) record in QF matches
• Last week in Casablanca lost to eventual champion Tommy Robredo in three sets in semi-finals 
• Reached 4R at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer) and withdrew from Miami (back/arm)
• On 24 February, at Buenos Aires, contested his first ATP World Tour final since 2011, when he captured the title in Chennai…Fell to Ferrer in three-set Buenos Aires final
• Represented Switzerland in 3-2 loss to Czech Republic in Davis Cup 1R, going 1-2 over the weekend
• At the Australian Open, reached the 4R, losing to Djokovic 12-10 in fifth set. At one stage led 61 52
• Has career 19-59 (1-4 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents, last time he defeated Top 10 opponents back-to-back was at ‘08 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (d. No. 8 Blake in QF, d. No. 6 Roddick in SF-ret.) 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs (3) Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 1-0
09 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard (I) R16 Rafael Nadal 7-5 3-6 6-2

DIMITROV FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 21-year-old Bulgarian is the youngest player left and made his main draw debut Sunday, defeating Belgian Xavier Malisse  63 62 and followed on Tuesday with a 76 61 victory over No. 10-ranked Janko Tipsarevic and 62 64 over German Florian Mayer. Last year No. 86 and lost in final round of qualifiying
• He is the youngest quarter-finalist in Monte-Carlo since Sam Querrey (20) in 2008 and he’s playing in his first career ATP Masters 1000 QF
• This week No. 3 in aces (15 in three matches) and No. 5 in service games won (24 of 27, 89%), saving six of nine break pts., and first serve pts. won (80%)

2013 Highlights:
F: Brisbane (l Murray); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro)

2013 in Review:
• The top Bulgarian comes in with a 14-7 record (3-0 on clay). He dropped one set en route to his first ATP World Tour final at Brisbane (l. to Murray). Went from World No. 48 to No. 41 on January 7
• Last year won his 14th match of the season in July in Bastad (SF) and finished with a 24-19 record
• Playing in his first ATP Masters 1000 QF and 11th overall on the ATP World Tour, 5-5 (2-0 in 2013) QF matches. Last year QF or better four times (3-1 in QF matches)
• Came in ranked No. 34 and will move to around a career-high No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and around No. 24 if he reaches the semi-finals
• In Rotterdam, in QFs versus Baghdatis, the Bulgarian won 18 straight points from 5-6 second set (5-6 serving game to love, TB 7-0, 0-0 serving game to love, streak ended after 0-40 in Baghdatis’ first service game in the third set)…Won 63 in third set…Lost in SFs to del Potro
• Last month, lost in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells 3R (l. to Djokovic) and in Miami (l. to  Murray). In doubles (w/Nielsen), lost in Miami SFs (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski)
• Has a 2-18 career record vs. Top 10 (1-4 in 2013), defeating No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic in 2R. Had lost nine straight since defeating No. 7 Tomas Berdych at 2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami in 3R, 

YOUNG STARS IN TOP 50 – Dimitrov is one of seven players age 23-under in Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 15 Milos Raonic (22)
No. 16 Kei Nishikori (23)
No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz (22)
No. 28 Martin Klizan (23)
No. 33 Benoit Paire (23)
No. 34 Grigor Dimitrov (21)
No. 44 Bernard Tomic (20)

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The reigning eight-time champion has a 46-1 career record with 44 consecutive match wins. Opened on Wednesday with a 61 62 win over Marinko Matosevic and followed with a 62 64 victory over No.16 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. In 2012, won his fourth title (of past six) without dropping a set (d. Djokovic 63 61). The only sets he’s lost since 2008 (32 matches) are to Djokovic in ’09 final and Murray in ’11 SF
• Overall has only lost six sets (90-6) during 44-match winning streak (in 2005-06 SF & F, ’09 F, ’11 SF). In 2010, only lost 14 games in five matches en route to title over Verdasco
• His lone loss came in the third round to Guillermo Coria in 2003 (did not play in 2004 due to injury)
• Since the loss to Coria in ’03, has captured titles over Coria in 2005, World No. 1 Federer from 2006-08, Djokovic in ’09 and ‘12, Verdasco in ’10 and Ferrer in ’11. Has a 15-0 mark vs. Top 10 opponents
• In 2008, won doubles title (w/Robredo), first player to win both titles in same year since Nastase in 1973 
• This week No. 1 in second serve points won (69%) and No. 3 in service games won (15 of 16, 94%, saving three of four break pts.) and return games won (9 of 17, 53%)

Monte-Carlo Finals (8-0) – Nadal is unbeaten in Monte-Carlo finals, defeating five different opponents:
2012 - d. No. 1 Novak Djokovic 63 61 2008 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 75 75 
2011 - d. No. 6 David Ferrer 64 75 2007 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 64 64
2010 - d. No. 12 Fernando Verdasco 60 61 2006 - d. No. 1 Roger Federer 62 67 63 76
2009 - d. No. 3 Novak Djokovic 63 26 61 2005 – d. No. 9 Guillermo Coria 63 61 06 75

2013 Highlights:
W(3): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d del Potro); F: Vina del Mar (l Zeballos)

2013 in Review:
• The Spaniard is off to a career-best 19-1 start (14-1 on clay) on the season, winning 16 matches in a row and capturing his 600th career in the final of ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells on Mar. 17 (d. No. 2 Federer in QF, No. 6 Berdych in SF and No. 7 del Potro in F).  Had lost last six hard court finals since title in Tokyo on Oct. 10, 2010 (d. Monfils). Leads ATP World Tour with three titles
• Has not lost in 40 straight clay court quarter-final matches (20-0 in QF ATP Masters 1000 events) since his  last loss in 2005 at Valencia (l. to Andreev)
• Playing in his fifth ATP World Tour QF of the year (4-0 in QF matches), last year QF or better nine times (8-1 mark)
• He captured his 38th clay-court title (38-5 in finals) and second in Acapulco over No. 4 Ferrer 60 62. Finished Latin American clay court swing with a 12-1 record. It was first time he played there since’05
• On his return from left knee injury, after a seven-month absence, the Spaniard reached the Vina del Mar final, lost to Zeballos in three sets, final lasted 2 hrs, 47 mins; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to May 2012, l. to Verdasco at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid). In doubles (w/Monaco), reached final (l. to Lorenzi-Starace)
• At Sao Paulo captured title (d. Nalbandian), it was his first title since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) last year

APRIL CLAY STREAK – Nadal has won 79 straight matches on clay in the month of April. During his clay court streak in April he has won 14 titles – eight in Monte-Carlo and six in Barcelona. His last loss on clay in April came on Apr. 8, 2005 to Igor Andreev in the quarter-finals of Valencia.

CLAY COURT DOMINATOR – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 268-20 mark (.931) and he’s 38-5 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 242-10 match record (.960) on the ATP World Tour:
        W-L      Clay Finals
2013 – 14-1 2-1 (l. to Zeballos)
2012 – 23-1   4-0    2008 – 24-1 4-0
2011 – 28-2 3-2 (l. to Djokovic both)    2007 – 31-1 5-1 (l. to Federer)
2010 -  22-0   4-0    2006 – 26-0 4-0
2009 -  24-2   3-1 (l. to Federer)    2005 – 50-2 8-0
Note: Nadal has lost to three players in a clay court final – Djokovic and Federer (twice each), Zeballos

Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs (7) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 2-0
07 Mumbai (India) Hard R16 Richard Gasquet 6-0 6-1
12 Sydney (Australia) Hard R16 Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-1

FOGNINI FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights: 
• Fognini is making his fifth straight main draw showing in Monte-Carlo (7-4 record) and opened with a 36 64 64 victory over countryman/No. 18-ranked Andreas Seppi, followed with a 63 75 win over Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos and No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych 64 62. First Italian in QF since Filippo Volandri in 2005 (l. to Ferrero)
• In ’09 debut as a qualifier (d. No. 25 Berdych, No. 18 Cilic, l. to No. 4 Murray). Last year lost in the second round (d. Llodra, l. to Haase)
2013 Highlights:
SF: Acapulco (l Ferrer); QF: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Italian (behind No. 18 Seppi)  comes in with an 12-9 match record on the season (9-3 on clay) and his best results came during the Latin American clay court circuit with a semi-final in Acapulco and quarter-final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer in both)
• Playing in sixth career ATP World Tour QF and first ATP Masters 1000 QF, 3-2 (1-1 in 2013) record in QF matches)
• Will move from No. 32 to around a career-high No. 28 in Emirates ATP Rankings
• Last month, lost in 2R at Indian Wells (l. to 1 Djokovic) and 3R in ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to No. 5 Ferrer) 
• Reached career ninth ATP World Tour SF at Acapulco (l. to Ferrer). In doubles (w/Bolelli), lost in the Acapulco final (l. to Kubot-Marrero)
• Helped Italy reach Davis Cup World Group QFs for first time in 15 years with a four-set victory over Dodig of Croatia in fifth match. Also partnered Bolelli to doubles win. Italy lost to Canada in the QFs
• Reached Australian Open doubles SFs (w/Bolelli), l. to Bryans in three sets. They won their second ATP World Tour doubles title at Buenos Aires (d. Monroe-Stadler). Improved to 2-3 in doubles finals
• Has a 2-21 career record (1-10 on clay) vs. Top 10 opponents (1-4 this year), d. No. 6 Berdych in 3R here and No. 9 Verdasco in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010

ITALIANS RANKED IN TOP 100 – Fognini is one of four Italians in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 18 Andreas Seppi
No. 32 Fabio Fognini
No. 58 Paolo Lorenzi
No. 75 Simone Bolelli

GASQUET FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 26-year-old Frenchman comes into his third career QF with a 14-7 career match record and opened on Tuesday with a 61 36 61 win over countryman Benoit Paire and followed with a 75 64 victory over No. 9 seed Marin Cilic. In last appearance two years ago, lost in third round to No. 1 Nadal 62 64. Only opening round loss in ’03 (l. to Nalbandian) 
• His best result was semi-finals in 2005 when he defeated No. 1 Federer in QF (l. to Nadal in three sets)
• In 2007, he advanced to the quarter-finals (d. No. 8 Ljubicic, l. to Ferrero in three sets)
• In 2008, lost in the third round (l. to Querrey) and in 2010 fell in the second round (l. to Berdych)
• This week No. 6 in second serve points won (57%) and No. 7 in return games won (10 of 22, 45%)

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Doha (d Davydenko); Montpellier (d Paire); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Frenchman (behind No. 8 Tsonga) is off to the best start of his career with a 23-5 match record . Last year didn’t win his 23rd match until 1R at Wimbledon in June
• Playing in his fourth ATP World Tour QF of the year (3-0 in QF matches), last year QF or better nine times on ATP World Tour (4-5 mark)
• Appearing in his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 7-4 (1-0 in 2013) QF matches
• Along with Rafael Nadal (3), Novak Djokovic (2), David Ferrer (2) and Andy Murray (2), one of five players on tour this year with multiple titles, won at Doha (d. Davydenko) and Montpellier (d. Paire)
• Last month in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, lost in 4R at Indian Wells (l. to No. 6 Berdych) and reached SF in Miami (d. No. 12 Almagro in 3R, d. No. 6 Berdych in QF, l. to No. 3 Murray). 
• On April 4, pulled out of France's Davis Cup team with a right ankle injury, France lost to Argentina 3-2
• At Doha, on January 2, with his 2R win over Zemlja, became the eighth Frenchman in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on the ATP World Tour…Joined Noah (476), Santoro (470), Pioline (389), Forget (378), Leconte (377), Grosjean (341), Gasquet (319) and Clement (316)
• Reached the Australian Open 4th RD for the fourth time (also 2007-08, ‘12), losing to compatriot Tsonga in four sets
• Represented France in 5-0 Israel in Davis Cup World Group 1R, beating Sela and Weintraub in singles  

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS --- Gasquet is tied for No. 2 with 23 match wins on the ATP World Tour in 2013:
                                        W-L              Titles 
1) David Ferrer               25-5           2
2) Novak Djokovic          23-2           2
    Richard Gasquet      23-5           2    
4) Tomas Berdych         22-7         0 
5) Andy Murray              20-3 2

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) Djokovic Leads 3-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 6-4
07 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R16 Novak Djokovic 7-5 4-6 6-4
09 Sydney (Australia) Hard SF Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 7-6(3)
10 Basel (Switzerland) Hard (I) R16 Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6(6)

Novak Djokovic Jarkko Nieminen
Sets Won: 6 3
Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 1
Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 1 0
Hard: 2 1

DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old Serb has rallied from a set down in his first two matches, opening Wednesday with a 46 61 64 win over Mikhail Youzhny and following with a 46 62 62 win over No. 14 seed Juan Monaco
• Has a 17-6 career record and in the quarter-finals for the fifth time (4-0 in QF matches)
• Last year he reached his second final, losing 63 61 to No. 2 Nadal.Also lost to Nadal in three sets in ’09
• In 2010, lost in the semi-finals to Verdasco and in ’08, (retired in SF vs. Federer due to illness)
• Two of his six losses have come to No. 1 Federer, in his debut in three sets in 2006 and in ’08…In ‘07, came in No. 7 and after a bye, beat Gaston Gaudio before losing to David Ferrer in the third round
• This week No. 5 in return games won (12 of 26, 46%). Has held serve 20 of 27 service games (74%, lowest of remaining players)

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Berdych); SF: ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l del Potro)

2013 in Review:                                 
• The World No. 1 comes into his first clay court tournament with a 23-2 match record on the season. Had his 22-match winning streak snapped by del Potro 46 64 64 in the SF at Indian Wells on Mar. 16. It was his first loss since October 31, 2012 to Sam Querrey in 2R at ATP Masters 1000 Paris. Followed with 4R at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to No. 18 Haas)
• Playing in is fourth ATP World Tour QF of the year (3-0 record), last year QF or better 15 times on ATP World Tour (14-1 record)
• Appearing in his 43rd career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 33-9 (11-4 on clay) record in QF matches 
• Prior to Indian Wells, did not drop a set en route to his fourth Dubai title (d. Berdych)
• Helped Serbia beat Belgium 3-2 in Davis Cup World Group 1R in February, beating Olivier Rochus in singles match (on clay). Then clinched QF tie over U.S. 3-1 (d. Isner in straight sets, Querrey in four sets after spraining his right ankle in third game). Serbia hosts Canada in SFs in September
• One of five multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with No. 5 Nadal (3), No.4 Ferrer (2) No. 2 Murray (2) and No. 9 Gasquet (2)
• He picked up his sixth major trophy at the Australian Open (fifth in last nine Slams) after beating No. 3 Murray in four sets in the final on Jan. 27. 
• Became first player in the Open Era to win three straight Aussie Open titles and first to accomplish the feat since Roy Emerson won five in a row from 1963-67. It was also his fourth title at Melbourne Park overall, joining Agassi and Federer as a four-time winner

WEEKS AT NO. 1 LEADERS – Djokovic is No. 1 for the 77th week in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He will tie Hewitt (w/80 weeks) on May 6 for ninth place. Here are the players with the most weeks at No. 1:
                                No.
1) Roger Federer 302
2) Pete Sampras     286
3) Ivan Lendl             270
4) Jimmy Connors     268
5) John McEnroe       170
6) Bjorn Borg             109
7) Rafael Nadal       102
8) Andre Agassi       101
9) Lleyton Hewitt  80
10)Novak Djokovic    77 (will tie Hewitt on May 6) 

NIEMINEN FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights: 
• The 31-year-old Finn is making his eighth main draw appearance (9-7 record) and opened on Monday with a 61 62 victory over Serb Viktor Troicki, followed with a 63 16 76(3) win over No. 12 Milos Raonic and beat No. 5 seed/No. 7 ranked Juan Martin del Potro 64 46 76(4). Has held 31 of 38 service games (82%), saving 17 of 24 break pts. (71%)
• His previous best result was third round in ’03 when he d. Dent, Kafelnikov, l. to Chela. Last two years lost in the second round to eventual champion Nadal
• He is the oldest quarter-finalist in Monte-Carlo since Ivan Ljubicic (32) two years ago. Guillermo Vilas (31) also QFs in 1984. They are the only three players 31-over in last 30 years to reach QFs here

2013 Highlights:
SF: Montpellier (l Gasquet); QF(2): Sydney (l Tomic); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)

2013 in Review: 
• The top Finnish player on the ATP World Tour is playing in his first clay court tournament of the season with a 17-8 match record. His best result was the semi-finals in Montpellier (l. to Gasquet) in February. Also a quarter-finalist in Sydney where he was defending champion (l. to Tomic) and in Rotterdam (l. to del Potro). All three losses came to the eventual winner
• He is the fifth different 30-over player to reach QFs (better) in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament this year and there’s been at least one 30-over in the last nine QF ATP Masters 1000 tournaments
• Playing in fourth ATP World Tour QF of the year (1-2 in QF matches), last year QF or better sixth times on the ATP World Tour
• Appearing in his fourth (first on clay) career ATP Masters 1000 QF, first since 2006, 0-3 in QF matches
• In ATP Masters 1000 tournaments lost 3R at Miami (l. to No. 8 Tsonga) and Indian Wells (l. to Anderson)
• On 12 February, he beat Goffin 60 60 in Rotterdam 1R…Marked second double bagel at Rotterdam in 40-year history of event (1987 Edberg d. Maurer)…First double bagel on ATP World Tour since January 2012 at Doha 1R, Cipolla d. Mutawawa
• Has a 11-67 career record against Top 10 opponents, prior to defeating No. 5 del Potro yesterday had lost 17 in a row since defeating No. 6 Ferrer in the first round of Rotterdam in February 2011. Looking to defeat Top 10 opponents back-to-back for the second time in his career, previously at 2009 Sydney (d. No. 6 Tsonga in QF and d. No. 3 Djokovic in SF)
• Career 1-32 vs Top 5 opponents, and lone win over No. 3 Novak Djokovic in SFs at 2009 Sydney 

30-OVER IN ATP MASTERS 1000 QUARTERS – Nieminen is the fifth different 30-over player to reach QFs (better) in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament this year and there’s been at least one 30-over in last nine QF ATP Masters 1000 tournaments going back to last year (Madrid):                                                       Tournament Player (Age) Result
Monte Carlo Jarkko Nieminen (31) ?
Miami David Ferrer (30) Runner-up
Tommy Haas (34) SF
Jurgen Melzer (31) QF
Indian Wells Roger Federer (31) QF

NIEMINEN VS. WORLD NO. 1 –  Nieminen is 0-8 vs World No. 1 opponents:
vs. Roger Federer 0-5
vs. Lleyton Hewitt 0-2
vs.. Rafael Nadal 0-1

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